Data-driven storytelling: How do we tell meaningful stories with data?

We live in a world that is shaped by our interaction with data, which is increasingly complex, large and accessible to few. In the final weeks of this course, we will be creating stories from datasets. For the final project, students assemble into teams to brainstorm and prototype an interactive narrative experience that tells a story with data, around data, or about data. It could be a data visualization on the web, a physical installation using hardware and human bodies, transmedia story, augmented reality game, or an interactive documentary experience.

Week 10

November 1 Intro to Project 4; Inspiration Data Lore HacksDesign Thinking; Mime Academy Walkthrough

November 3 Exploring examples, tools, resources,

Week 11

November 8 Group work; Part A: Planning the StorySubmit to: Blackboard/Groups/Discussion Board/ Part A

November 10 Reading: Data Storytelling: Using Visualizations to share the human impact of numbers ; Group work : timelines and deliverables; Writing

Week 12

November 15 Reading: The Inevitable Chapters 10-12; Post-election SurveyPart B: Assembling the Game/Story:  Submit to: Blackboard/Groups/Discussion Board/ Part B

November 17 Group work

Week 13

November 22 1st draft of positioning essay due; ELI peer-editing day

November 24 Thanksgiving

Week 14

November 29 Project 4: Group 1, 2, 3, Presentations

December 1 Project 4: Group 4, 5, 6, Presentations

Week 15

December 6 Presentations; Course evaluation; FutureMe

December 8 Conferences about Project 4

Final Exams:

Due: Revised Project – Final Exam



Case Study

*Draft Due in Eli November 22

A – Project “Title

B Overview: 20-50 word short description of your project. Use descriptive language to entice your audience to play/read/interact with your story.
C– The challenge50-100 words
D The goal50-100 words
E Our approach50-100 words
Include the following in your discussion (Anywhere in Parts B – E) What it is (interactive documentary? Augmented Reality Game? Transmedia Story?, 2) How the audience will benefit, and 3) What the significance is.
FCritical analysis In 300-600 words – describe (in a scholarly way) how your group designed an interactive narrative experience that tells a story featuring data. Use at least three resources from class to examine how your story engages your audience effectively. Use MLA formatting.